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Adopt an Artwork

Conservation is an important aspect of Toledo Museum of Art’s efforts to preserve artworks for future generations to enjoy. TMA’s conservators are responsible for the direct care of artworks with the use of technical research, scientific analysis, and find hand skills. TMA’s collections team has identified several artworks that are in need of special assistance. We’ve developed the “Adopt an Artwork” program as a way for our supporters to participate in the process of restoration.


Scroll down to find artworks that are up for adoption. Please click "read more" below to learn about the adoption process and benefits of adopting an artwork.


Adopting an artwork is a valuable gift to the museum, but also gives the donor "backstage access":

  • A short dossier on the work you have selected.
  • Time to discuss with the curator or conservator the issues surrounding the object, why it needs restoration, and the conservation process.
  • An opportunity to spend time with TMA’s conservators and view their work on your selected piece.
  • A color photo of the sponsor with the adopted object.
  • Recognition as the adoptive sponsor on the gallery label, good for five years.

Adopting an artwork is a simple process. If you, or you and your friends and family or business, select an artwork you’d like to adopt, just follow the steps below:

  1. Choose the object you would like to adopt.
  2. Contact Kate via email or at 419-255-8000 x7240 and tell her which artwork you’ve chosen and determine the payment method that works best for you.
  3. Decide whether you’d like to be credited, or how you’d like to be recognized.
  4. We will send you the dossier packet on your selected artwork, and arrange a time for you to visit TMA to view the conservation process

Help Crowdfund a Piece of Toledo History

The Libbey Glass Company’s spun glass dress is in need of specialized treatment that will significantly improve its condition. Your support will contribute to the launch of conservation efforts for this exceptional piece of art. Give a little or give a lot—Libbey Inc. is generously matching our crowdfunding campaign!